Dating chinese bronze incense burners
Others subsequently discovered that the seeds and leaves of certain plants would appease hunger and sustain life.Once they became farmers, men gave up their spears and knives for plowshares and permanent settlements came into being.Male plants were then clearly distinguished from females by name (hsi for the male, chu for the female).
As they became more familiar with the plant, the Chinese discovered it was dioecious.The earliest civilizations sprouted along the banks of great rivers - the Hwang-Ho in China, the Indus in India, the Tigris and Euphrates in Mesopotamia (where biblical scholars have sought in vain for traces of the Garden of Eden), and the Nile in Egypt.The soil along these riverbanks was particularly suited for agriculture, being rich and deep and invigorated annually by new deposits of silt.So important a place did hemp fiber occupy in ancient Chinese culture that the Book of Rites (second century B.C.) ordained that out of respect for the dead, mourners should wear clothes made from hemp fabric, a custom followed down to modern times. While traces of early Chinese fabrics have all but disappeared, in 1972 an ancient burial site dating back to the Chou dynasty (1122-249 B. In it were fragments of cloth, some bronze containers, weapons, and pieces of jade.